Thomas Cornell

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Thomas Cornell is perhaps the son of George Cornwell and Susan Casse, baptized at Terling, Essex, England, 24 March 1593/94.1 He died at Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, 1655.2

Thomas married Rebecca Briggs, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at England, about 1622.2,3

That Thomas is the son of George Cornwell and Susan Casse is plausible, if not probable. Thomas named a couple of his children after his half-siblings, and one after his full brother, Joshua. This is an unusual name for this time and found in no other Cornell/Cornwell family groups. Also, Terling and Fairsted are adjacent to one another, and Saffron-Walden is not far (20 miles).4,1


Rebecca Briggs d. 8 Feb 1673
  • Sarah Cornell2 b. 30 Mar 1623
  • William Cornell2 b. 4 Apr 1625, d. bef. 7 Jan 1627/28
  • Thomas Cornell+2 b. 21 Oct 1627, d. 23 May 1673
  • Richard Cornell2 b. abt. 1628/29
  • Rebecca Cornell+2 b. 31 Jan 1629/30, d. 5 Feb 1713
  • Elizabeth Cornell2 b. 1 May 1631
  • Kelame Cornell2 b. bef. Oct 1632, d. bef. 19 Oct 1632
  • William Cornell2 b. 9 Dec 1632
  • John Cornell2 b. 6 Jun 1634
  • Ann Cornell2 b. 2 Aug 1635
  • Elizabeth Cornell2 b. 15 Jan 1637
  • Samuel Cornell2 b. say 1639
  • Joshua Cornell2 b. say 1641
  • Mary Cornell2 b. say 1643
This person was last edited on18 Oct 2015


  1. [S2031] Prentiss Glazier, "The English Origin of the Cornwell/Cornell Family," The American Genealogist 51 (Apr 1975): 115-116, at 115, further cited as Glazier, "English Origin of the Cornell Family."
  2. [S1259] Prentiss Glazier, "Thomas Cornell (or Cornwell), 1594-1655/6, of Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island: His English Origin and His Family in America" , 1975, 2; microform: FHL Film #1014122 Item 1, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as "Thomas Cornell."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 377, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1259] Glazier, "Thomas Cornell", ii.